Looking for something to do while stuck inside because of the coronavirus pandemic? Grab your whisk and mixing bowl!
Whether you’re baking for yourself, your roommates or family members, remember to wash your hands before you do anything. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention promotes hand-washing as a key way to prevent spreading the virus.
And if you don’t have certain ingredients, don’t despair.
- Common replacements for eggs include applesauce, mashed bananas, ground flaxseed and chia seeds.
- You can also replace milk in many recipes with dairy-free versions found in your grocery store’s non-refrigerated sections.
- No powdered sugar? No problem! Simply grind your regular granulated sugar into a powder using a food processor or blender.
- No flour? Try improvising with homemade oat flour, which you can make by grinding up oats.
To help inspire you, we’ve compiled a list of great recipes to stress bake.
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Four-part pleaser: New to baking? Start off with a recipe that requires only four ingredients: pound cake. This recipe from Cookies & Cups uses just flour, eggs, butter and sugar. It’s a great base that you can customize with fruit, chocolate chips or nuts.
Semi-homemade: Have a box of brownie mix in your pantry? Jazz it up by making cheesecake brownies, which only require a couple of extra ingredients. Allrecipes.com recommends making the brownies as directed on the box, then swirling in a mixture of cream cheese, sugar and egg.
Party of one: If you don’t want a whole cake or trays of cookies but want to satisfy your sweet tooth, go for a cake in a mug. Watch this video to learn how to make one in your microwave. No fancy baking tools required!
Taking it up a notch
Crowd-pleaser: Take the time at home to perfect your chocolate chip cookie recipe. Like it chewy? Like it cakey? Change up your go-to recipe to make it personalized to your taste. Or, if you’re looking for a tried and true chipper with crispy edges and a chewy center, try Bon Appétit’s best chocolate chip cookies.
Better with booze: If you’re looking to add a little spirit to your stress baking, try out Grateful’s boozy chocolate truffles. And don’t worry if your bar cart isn’t fully stocked: The recipe can be made with Irish cream, Kahlua, tequila or whiskey.
A healthier take: Social distancing for some also means no gym time, which may mean you’re looking for a lighter dessert to bake. If so, Grateful’s healthier mud pie is here to save the day. Bonus: It’s also vegan.
Looking for a challenge?
Keto-friendly cheesecake: Grateful’s mini blueberry cheesecakes are perfect for sharing (or eating by yourself). These babies fall into the more challenging category simply because there are several moving parts (crust, cheesecake and blueberry puree), as well as not-so-basic baking method, but we know you can do it!
Eyes on the pies: Try out another adorable miniature version of a classic: pecan pie. Grateful’s mini pecan pies with brandy butter are sweet and satisfying morsels. They’re also keto-friendly.
They see me rolling: You’ve had cinnamon rolls, but have you ever made pecan rolls? Grateful’s sweet potato pecan rolls are a comforting upgrade to the traditional rolls we all love. Plus, they double as dessert and breakfast. Score!